Apocalypse Photography is the work of Darian Hailes. In the world of photography Darian goes by Anastasia; a nickname given to her by a dear friend for her chaotic yet endearing way of doing things. Born in the ever-so-growing city of Atlanta,GA Darian has been photographing for about four years and has yet to feel the tire of it yet. As a freelance photographer Darian has experience in news and sports, bands (live shots and promotional pictures), natural landscapes, modeling, graduation and dance parties and still life. To Darian a photography is a memory forever transfixed in pixels - "One look at the hilarious face you were making with friends or your first baseball game and it takes you back to that very event, You can still hear your friends laughing or smell the hot dogs, popcorn and roasted peanuts that you indulged yourself in that day." Darian goes onto state "I believe that my job as a photographer is to capture life. The world moves so fast sometimes it's hard to take in even the little things, but with a photograph you can study the "big picture" or the individual pixels… it is just your perspective." Check out the interview! When did you first take a serious interest in Photography? I first started to see photography as art a couple of months after I got my first camera. My parents gave me it and a trip to New York for my birthday. Before that I had a little point and shoot that I used to snap this and that - it wasn't anything serious. When I got home from New York, I just immersed myself into everything photography and never looked back. If it weren't for my parents I definitely wouldn't be where I am right now. Before I had my license, they drove me all over Georgia to capture bands with very little complaining. Now that I drive they let me go all around by myself, and truly understand how much this means to me. They rule. Who or What inspires you to take photographs? It might sound a little cliche, but everyone I surround myself with inspires me to take photographs. 90% of all of my friends are artistic in some way (musicians, painters, writers, illustrators, tattoo artists), so I never run out of inspiration. Some of my friends use to get on to me for taking their picture, but after knowing me they've learned that being camera shy around me just isn't going to cut it. Most of the time, when I get run down and tell them I'm done with photography - I do that every now and then - they're the ones that tell me to stop being silly and get back out into the world. When taking photo's, do you look for a certain style of shots or do you take photo's of whatever catches your eye at the time? As a photographer, I've only had one 'formal' class, so I'm still learning all of the technical terms of photography. I am always trying to better myself, and can honestly say that I am still learning things about my camera. A lot of the time, I just take what I like. When it comes to band photography, I have my own style I'd like to think. The difference between me and the average "teenie bopper" gal or guy that goes to shows with a little point and shoot is that I have what I want to shoot in mind. When I see the band and what kind of energy they give off, I usually get an idea of the photographs I'd like to come away with. When I get that, I'm happy. What cameras/equipment do you use? For digital, I use a Panasonic DMC-FZ 20 with a Sunpak 383 flash. It's simple, but it works for me. I have just a few different lens - mainly a Digital King Fish Eye lens, which I overused at one point. In the world of film, I use a Polaroid Cool Cam 600 for a little project I'm doing. When I meet a band that leaves an impression on me, I take their picture with the Polaroid and have them write a little something on it, then scan it and send it to them. It is a memory for me, but can double as a promo shot for them. Also, I have a Minolta Hi-Matic E that I got from my grandfather that I just play around with. Film is pretty expensive, so I have to use it sparingly. I'm saving up for a Nikon d90, though that seems forever away. It'll open up a whole new world of photography that I can't even imagine. Have you ever been injured whilst taking any photos? I've been doing this for almost four full years, and up until 2007, I would have been able to say I'd never been hurt, but that all changed when I went to BBQ Fest, which is a BIG two day music festival put on by my "hometown" venue. I had just gotten there when Alert The Sky was playing, I put my camera together and ran to the front. Of course, there were dances and all of that, but they're at every show, so I didn't pay them much attention. I don't think I'd even taken a picture when out of nowhere, I found myself being carried out of the Ballroom. I couldn't remember anything. One of the dancers had caught me with his fist on the right side of my face. I was told that he hit me so hard, I fell forward into the stage and collapsed in the floor. When I came to, I was sitting in a chair with an ice pack being held on my face and like any photograph, I immediately asked where my camera was. The staff of the venue made me sit out for an hour or so, but I went back in and shot a couple of bands. I went back to next day with merely a black eye. I think for four years, that's pretty good. What is your favorite thing to photograph eg people, landscapes, live bands etc? I think just people in general, whether they're strangers, friends or in a band,  are my favorite to photograph. You can tell a lot about someone by a photograph. I like capturing someone's personality through a photo. Bands are pretty easy to do that with because (though people forget this) they are people too and are some of the goofiest people at that. You've taken photos of bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Underoath, Kevin Devine and many many more. If there was one band(or artist) past or present that you would love to capture, who would it be and why? Last year, I went with one of my best friends to see Converge and I've got to say that's probably one of the best shows I have ever been to. If I could shoot them a couple more times I'd be complete. As a photographer, it is always nice to get something back from the musicians, and at that show I did. Being only inches away from them, I got pure emotion. If all bands played like Converge does there would be no such thing as a boring show. Clearly you have quite a diverse taste in music! Do you think that this has allowed you to explore your "band photography" more freely rather then focusing your time and work on just one genre of music? Definitely! I started with only local bands at 'hole-in-the-wall' venues. The more shows I went to the more open I became to different music, now I can go from shooting Manchester Orchestra one night to The Chariot the next. It's wonderful! What is the key to never getting bored or tired of what you do? Meet new people. I have learned that if I stay open minded about bands and remember that they are people too, I can always find something to relate to with them. I have never had two weekends be exactly the same, whether I'm shooting bands or people. Every time I leave my house it's an adventure. Finally, where do you see yourself in 5 years time, in regards to you work, new projects and any other general aspirations that you have in life? Right now, I'm looking at colleges because that seems like the next step after high school, right? I could be moving to Florida for college as it stands right now, which would open up a whole new world for me. In five years, I'd like to have gotten my d90, graduated from college [for forensic photography - maybe working for Homeland Security], gone on at least one tour and be published in, let's say, two different publications. If I get some money thrown my way, I'd love to start my own publication, but for now I'll settle for 'contributing photographer'. Be sure to check out more from Apocalypse Photography by visiting the Official MySpace here - Aaron Hunt